The immigration officer involved never faced any sort of disciplinary hearing or questioning and the department never offered any explanation. I just keep asking why? They were self-taught how to use gags and were not subject to strict controls. Outside, two police cars pulled up. (I don’t know if this phone call happened before or after Joy’s brother, David, was notified by police that she was in hospital.). She wanted the best for her children and sent Lisa to a private school in Jamaica and had big plans for her future. I hate him because he is a cunt. Dunnville Abbott, Jeff Adams, Michelle Adams, Taylor Airth, Rennie Alender, Katie Allison, Will Archer, Ursula Arlidge, M. J. Armstrong, K. L. Bennet claimed that the MPF approached Sir Paul Condon to ask for his support for the three officers involved, but that Condon declined. Their solicitors denied the officers had spoken to the press, nor authorised anyone to do so on their behalf, but this just added fuel to the palpable anger, with the police seen as spreading misinformation. It was early morning when five men and women burst into 5-year-old Graeme Burke’s home. The Chief Inspector of Edmonton Police, Mark Sanger telephoned Bernie Grant MP and said: There is a problem in Hornsey we want to tell you about. These two departments were responsible for serving the deportation order on Joy and Graeme, and on every other person affected by the immigration procedures, but when things went wrong, as they did with Joy, they were never held accountable, never scrutinised or publicly investigated. Joy’s family announced their disappointment over the verdict, with Myrna still consistent in her promise that she would continue in her fight to get justice for her eldest daughter. Joy’s mother, Myrna Simpson, and her son, Graeme Burke, have never stopped fighting for justice. It’s just one of many but highlights a lack of accountability that runs right to the very top and has been allowed to continue for decades. “It is too sad to go back deep inside,” his grandmother told me. They stated: “A disciplinary charge of authority would in substance be the same as the criminal charge of which the officers have been acquitted…, “an officer cannot be tried on both criminal and discipline charges for the same offence.”. The matter has been quietly swept under the carpet…. That was until George Floyd’s death. Just as Joy was silenced, the close relationship between government, police and press has always managed to keep a lid on the worst outrages and encourage a narrative. The report was not released to the public or members of Joy’s family under ‘public interest immunity.’ The lay-person who supervised the PCA investigation, announced that he was considering “making a special report” to the Home Secretary claiming he had discovered matters of a “grave and exceptional nature“. Graeme Burke is the son of Joy Gardner, the 40-year-old Jamaican woman who died six years ago when police officers came to deport her. Her mother, Myrna Simpson, had lived in Britain for more than 33 years. Despite years of counselling and treatment from the children’s trauma clinic at the Royal Free Hospital in London, he is still suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. He said that the tape was wrapped around her head seven times. I have been looking for my family roots … Three police officers from the Alien Deportation Group were tried for manslaughter. One of the officers, DS Chris Newman, was eventually cleared of neglect-of-duty charges in connection with his supervision of the three police officers who attempted to arrest Joy Gardner. Following the birth of her son, Joy applied to the Home Office for an extension to her visa, but this was denied. BLACK LIVES MATTER WINDRUSH SCANDAL THE DEATH OF JOY GARDNER, 1993 Most of us have seen the 9mins of footage of George Floyd slowly being asphyxiated to death at the hands of the police in America, and we’ve seen the world rise up and say enough is enough. They relied on the testimony of four pathologists and neuropathologists to prove that Joy Gardner had died as a result of brain damage caused by asphyxiation. Any news updates on this case are listed at the foot of this item. The results of their separate post mortem was not made public. Sign up today for FREE to receive our 4WardEverUK quick news alerts and monthly e-newsletter via email. They maintained that she was illegal because she overstayed her six-month visa. One car contained three officers from Scotland Yard’s SO1 (3) Unit (the Aliens Deportation Group – ADG), and the other car contained two officers from the local Hornsey station. This request was refused by the Home Office on the basis that it considered the PCA to be impartial, efficient and thorough in itself. Early morning and Joy was asleep with her five-year-old son, Graeme, in their Haringey home at Topsfield Close. Some people might believe we had life easy, but we bore it rough. Get on with rehousing and compensating all those who lost their homes and belongings at, Speed up the compensation process for all those caught up in your government’s repugnant. Now he and his grandmother want justice. On 7th August 1993, the PCA confirmed that Assistant Chief Constable James Conlon of Essex Police would be heading up the investigation, assisted by 12 officers, and on 13th December 1993, another protest was held outside the CPS offices because the PCA had still not completed the inquiry. (By the time I’d finished writing this post, Farage and LBC had finally parted ways.). If you experience any errors with the form above Click Here to register! ambulance, stating that Joy Gardner had collapsed and stopped breathing. By this point she had 13ft of Elastoplast wrapped around her head. The Home Office announced that it would undertake an internal inquiry on procedures for deportation, headed by a senior immigration official. The job was also outsourced to an unregulated private company in Eastbourne – Airline Security Consultants Ltd (ASC) – who were effectively expected to police themselves. In total, four different pathologists examined Joy’s body and agreed that the cause of death was cerebral hypoxia, most likely caused by asphyxiation as a result of the gag in her mouth. Tories' London mayoral candidate criticised for comments that 'attack working class families'. Following in her mother’s footsteps, Joy came over to the UK in July 1987 on a six-month visa, with the hope of following her dream to become a journalist and applied to undertake a journalism course at the Guildhall. Joy went to study at St George’s College in Kingston and then she worked at a parish council in Jamaica. Mrs Gardner, who was living in this country illegally, died after five officers burst into her home in Crouch End, north London, at 7.40am on July 28 1993. ( Log Out /  The first stated: The Secretary of State has reconsidered the case in light of your representations but is not prepared to rescind the deportation order or allow Mrs Gardner to remain any longer. I paid £600-odd to bring her to this country. Any reasonable opportunity he had to notify her of the decision, make plans or inform her young son – was taken away. I Bastian's 24 research works with 586 citations and 930 reads, including: Donovanosis ? ( Log Out /  Despite repeated demands from her family, campaigners and Amnesty International, there has been no inquest and no public inquiry into her death. By the time Dervish had opened the letters of notification at 9:30am, Joy was effectively already dead. Myrna received an unexpected visit from her son, David, that morning who told her that police had contacted him and said they needed to head over to the Whittington Hospital in London where Joy had been admitted into intensive care. Two days later she was dead. Joy’s son was traumatised by what he had witnessed that morning, and that remained with him throughout childhood. Mrs Joy Gardner, 40, died in 1993 after a struggle with police who arrived at her flat in Crouch End, north London, to serve a deportation order on her. When Joy came in 1987 she wasn’t illegal, she was legal. Any news updates on this case are listed at the foot of this item. She initially left her children with her mother in Jamaica until she earned enough money to bring her daughter over. On 21st November 1994 the three officers appeared at Bow Street. Joy Gardner was a human being and nobody had a right to take her life. They were: The immigration official and two local officers were called as witnesses. He suffered nightmares and flashbacks, he became fearful, agitated and angry. Now he and his grandmother want justice. Mrs Simpson and other families, along with representatives of the organisation INQUEST, which examines deaths in custody, met Jack Straw, the Home Secretary, to press their case. But I wanted her to stay in the Caribbean until I could provide for her in England. On 4th August 1993, a public meeting was held where a grieving but strong Myrna spoke alongside Bernie Grant MP. When I got to England, I didn’t sit down; I worked in the snow, frost and fog as a care assistant, washing English people’s knickers and cleaning up their messes. We who are the Windrush generation historically made sacrifices to enable British democracy to flourish. Bernie Grant and Amnesty International did their best to elevate the family’s cause but Joy’s death never received the response and publicity it deserved. One car contained three officers from Scotland Yard’s SO1(3) Unit (the Aliens Deportation Group – ADG), and the other car contained two officers from the local Hornsey station. They sat on her body, they bound her hands to her side with a leather belt and manacles, they strapped her legs together and wound yards of surgical tape round her head. (* – Disputed by evidence presented by a Forensic Scientist at the trial. … Said the Empire that brought her. Matthew John Curlett. It will come as no surprise that it wasn’t just the police doing the dirty work of the Home Office. She must have attempted to shut her front door, but one ADG officer blocked it with his foot. And then they killed her…. Since his arrival in London in 2016, Thompson’s interest has also turned to state violence in Britain, leading him to produce Cemetery of Uniforms and Liveries (2016), two silent portraits of Brandon Groce and Graeme Gardner, the grandson, and son, respectively of Cherry Groce and Joy Gardner. 3rd August 1993. There has always been controversy about the actual date of Joy’s death. LONDON PAEDOPHILE RINGS – Operations & Who’s Who? But they still treated her as a human being. The brain was injured. George and Joy’s deaths may have been decades apart but there are parallels to both their deaths. Joy was eventually laid to rest at Lavender Hill cemetery on 17th December 1993. DS Evans had been on loan from the Diplomatic Protection Squad and was tasked with taking care of Graeme. ... Graeme, was born in Britain. Posts about Joy Angelia Burke written by Peg. The official version of events are subject to different opinions and accounts, but Amnesty International seems to hold the most comprehensive account based on court testimonies and so I have used that, along with reports during the trial and a documentary on Channel 4, to build the picture step by step. Memories of the day that his mother died may haunt Graeme Gardner for the rest of his life. We have earned the right to have a level playing field when it comes to immigration. (The decision to prosecute was actually made by the CPS following the APC’s own inquiry.) My first vote was in this country, and here is where I made my home and family. All further Metropolitan Police involvement in deportation cases was to be halted pending a joint review by the Home Office and the Metropolitan Police into removal procedures in deportation cases. One of the local officers in attendance that day, PC Brian Adamson (LO2), described Joy as ‘the most violent female prisoner’ he had encountered in his 12 year career, and this was echoed across the front pages of the tabloids. Graeme Burke is the son of Joy Gardner, the 40-year-old Jamaican woman who died when police officers came to deport her. ” Joy, they dropped to the floor, breaking a chair and Joy’s watch in the process. Graeme Burke – son of Joy Gardner Neville Lawrence – father of Stephen Lawrence Rupert and Shelia Sylvester – parents of Roger Sylvester Marci Rigg – Sister of Sean Rigg and Chair United Families & Friends Campaign. Myrna drew parallels between the belt with it’s chains to the shackles and treatment of slaves. Is the boom in communal living really the good life? He begins his video with the following statement: I have a specific request to Mr Johnson  – prove you do care in four simple steps: I will leave the final words to two different artists…, They put a leather belt around her It was people power that finally saw the dismantling of the statue of slave trader Edward Colston that was pulled down by protesters and thrown into the river. That led to deprivation of oxygen and death. Copyright © 2020 4WardEverUK | Managed by First Stop Design / Family Web Pages Collective. Assuming Joy had been in some kind of accident, Myrna noticed a few police officers and Bernie Grant MP at the hospital, but was taken aback when she finally saw her daughter lying in a bed, covered in tubes and foil sheeting, her face bruised and a ventilator pumping oxygen into her lungs. Phillip Suits – Senior Designer. Tim brought joy to many over the course of his career and worked alongside the likes of John Cleese, as well as his The … For reasons never been disclosed, the Home Office concluded her marriage was “a sham” and accused her of using the birth of her son as a means to gaining citizenship, and in the summer of 1992, the Home Office booked a deportation flight for her but Joy failed to turn up at the airport, stating that she had not received a letter. When interviewed by The Observer in August 1993, he said: “I don’t hate Bernie Grant because he is black. Mrs Gardner became hysterical and violent and bit one of the police officers and had to be restrained. This was echoed by the family’s solicitor,  Jane Coker, who stated that  the Home Secretary was the one with ultimate responsibility for decisions and ensuring the code of conduct was followed, so everyone involved in the chain of command was accountable. Such a swelling would lead to cardiac arrest and the deprivation of oxygen.”. Accompanying them was also an official from the Home Office with the deportation order which allowed them to seize an unknowing Joy and her young son and put them on a plane to Jamaica from Heathrow Airport at 3pm that afternoon. They didn’t go into her house, truss her up and kill her. Handcuffs to secure her I hope the next generation can achieve more than my generation has, but right now we have a duty to ensure our children understand, learn and accept. Burke Zack – Design Coordinator/Media Director. KEITH VAZ DOES NEARLY EVERYTHING – EVEN SELLS WASHING MACHINES! Jane Coker explained it perfectly when she said: The police investigated the police. At some stage, one officer took the boy into another room – but he could still hear his mother’s cries. Simpson subsequently became a British citizen. They sat on her body, bound her hands to her sides, and wound 13 feet of surgical tape around he hear, as her young son listened from the next room. Joy remained in hospital for four days but her condition continued to deteriorate – her liver and kidneys failed and she also went into cardiac arrest. Bennet accused Condon of doing so on the advice of someone further up the chain of command in the Home Office. The family awaited a public coroner’s inquest for answers to some of their questions but it was never undertaken. The ADG officer then cut through the chain-lock with pliers and he forced entry into her flat. The initial post mortem concluded that Joy had died from ‘cerebral hypoxia‘ (lack of oxygen to the brain). At least 13 died before the Home Office acknowledged their mistake. case would be subject to an investigation by the, examine the specific role of the immigration officers involved, because a PCA inquiry is only authorized to oversee investigations into complaints against, This request was refused by the Home Office, back to the forefront of the world’s conscience. Mitchell James Burke-Holdway. hope after years of despair Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Dr. Harris, a Forensic Scientist at Huntingdon Laboratories, had examined the 13 feet of adhesive tape used to gag Joy. Nellie Sterling, 61, had often looked after Joy Gardner’s son, Graeme. KEITH VAZ, THE PROLIFIC CAMPAIGNER- Local Newspaper Articles, KEITH VAZ AND THE SORDID ELEMENT OF LEICESTER, RICHMOND: LOUIS MINSTER – Richmond Social Services, 1975-1984, THE SOHO CONNECTIONS: A-Z of Clubs, Pubs & other, A WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS: Liz Davies – Islington Survivors Network, A WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS: Child Protection Expert speaks to UK Column, A WHISTLEBLOWER SPEAKS: Establishment Paedophiles: Operation Clarence, OPERATIONS TRAWLER & MIDDLETON: Blair Ministers & Lambeth Care Home Scandal. . No matter how far we’ve come as a society, there has always been an undercurrent of accepted racism – from Enoch Powell‘s ‘River of Blood’ speech, to Amber Rudd and her ‘low-hanging fruit’ targets during the height of the Windrush scandal… it has been in plain sight yet met with apathy and acceptance. This sort of ignorant gas-lighting was the touch-paper as anger began to mount in predominantly black areas of London. The results of their separate post mortem was not made public. Joy’s visa allowed her to remain in the UK for six months but she remained in the UK for six years before her death. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Unfortunately the Joy Gardner case, the whole deportation process and the role played by officials has never been fully and impartially investigated. The family enlisted the help of Jane Coker, an immigration lawyer, who put it simply: “…in terms of when she died, it was clearly the actions of the police that caused her [Joy] to die, and whether that happened at the flat, the next day, or three days later, is not really relevant.”. On 3rd August 1993, Sir Paul Condon, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, held a press conference in which he expressed his “sadness and profound regret” over Joy’s death. In the Joy for Justice documentary, Myrna is a softly spoken, calm woman who refuses to give up. Joy landed face down and was then turned onto her back. We used to stay in one room of a house and do almost everything in that room. In September 1990, Joy married Joseph Gardner, a British citizen. Paula Lannas, a forensic pathologist, testified on behalf of the defence, stating: “There were bruises on the scalp that indicates the head had struck a hard surface. She had lacerations to her wrists, bruising to her arm and neck, as well as a minor head wound. Floyd may be dead, but he leaves a legacy. London's Metropolitan Police were reportedly on a state of … Mrs Joy Gardner, 40, died in 1993 after a struggle with police who arrived at her flat in Crouch End, north London, to serve a deportation order on her. She was strict and would buy Lisa books instead of toys so that she could start reading at an early age. By May 2020, there had been 1275 applications to the. They went in and took her out of her bed, where she had been sleeping with her five-and-half-year-old son, Graeme. Can you imagine how terrifying it must have been for a 5 year old to see his mother like that, the woman he loved and looked to for everything. The lack of oxygen was secondary to the head injury. ‘He thought they would give her some medicine at the hospital to make her better. “At first he wouldn’t believe that Joy was dead,” his grandmother recalls, quietly. Joy came to the United Kingdom in 1987 to be reunited with her mother, as well as her half-brother, three uncles and two aunts who were also living in England at the time. Prior to … Joy’s death had occurred just months after it was announced that two suspects in the racist murder of Stephen Lawrence would not face charges, so feelings were already running high. ( Log Out /  The trial raised questions about equipment used to restrain people during these raids. Memorial event held 25 years after Joy Gardner’s killing Leaving behind her son Graeme Burke and her mother Myrna Simpson now deceased. I want a media that recognises that every life has as much value, so when a black child disappears off our streets, the case receives as much coverage and funding as that of, say, Madeleine McCann. “, ” and shaking her head. Home Office minister, Chris Wardle, and the Home Office came under fire by some in the media and MPs over the delay in sending notification letters, which effectively undermined the rights of the person concerned to seek review or recourse. Concerns were raised during a trial in 1996 about the defence pathologist, Paula Lannas’s, work. why?”. The landing would be where we cooked. I would send money and visit her every year. Once the trial had ended, the Police Complaints Authority (PCA) announced that no disciplinary procedures would be taken against any of the officers involved due to the court acquittals, arguing that one effectively cancelled out the other. They cornered and grabbed his mother, crashing through the furniture, forcing her face down on to the floor. 1995, When deportation means death Joy was only seven when she was left with my mother in Jamaica. The fund is the first permanent national resource of its kind for those affected by deaths and abuses in custody, Sign up today for FREE to receive our 4WardEverUK quick news alerts and monthly e-newsletter via email, Democrats unveil legislation to abolish the federal death penalty, New Case Profiles published on 4WardEverUK: Jan 2021, MI6 may have let informants commit crimes in UK, tribunal hears. He took responsibility for applying the gag, but was adamant it did not obstruct Joy’s airways – something Evans backed up. (Under Section 97 of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984, such action would have enforced the PCA to make the report public.) Early morning and Joy was asleep with her five-year-old son, Graeme, in their Haringey home at Topsfield Close. And only God knows what else, The hostile attitude that contributed to my daughter’s death must be put in the context of the current Windrush scandal. The annual United Friends and Families Campaign march is on 28th October 2017 – 12pm, Trafalgar Square. Joy’s sister, Claudia, was adamant that the authorities purposely covered up that Joy’s death happened at the flat to prevent a public uproar. The Home Office would have none of it. I long for the day that people can look at another person and see just that – a person. Neil Edward Welch. Although he was a lower rank, DC Whitby was in charge of the deportation that day. In the case of … Some of their names are fairly widely known - Joy Gardner in 1993, Sean Rigg in 2008, Habib (Paps) Ullah in (2008), Jimmy Mubenga in 2010 and Mark Duggan in 2011. They decided to cover the story of Joy Gardner had collapsed and breathing... They allow her to this country some medicine at the time Dervish had opened the letters of notification 9:30am... 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